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Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the season. Most of them run from late … 0

‘Lucky’ driver walks away from Erving Rt. 2 car flip

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ERVING — “Lucky,” said Erving Fire Chief Philip Wonkka, watching a black Scion sedan with Vermont plates slide upside toward the bed of a tow truck. A single-car crash left the Scion upside down in the mud beside Route 2 in Farley Flats, about a tenth of a mile west of Mountain Road, … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in nearly every home. It is a tool designed to help prevent more families from experiencing … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Old Box Car Restaurant gets new owners

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ERVING — Good, affordable, stick-to-your-ribs food — that’s what Shannon Hatch and Scott Patterson, who reopened the former Box Car restaurant last week, are all about. The diner has a new menu and a fresh name — The … 0

Montague, Erving get nearly $1.5M in grants

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Montague and Erving are among 65 Massachusetts communities that have been awarded Community Development Block Grants by the Baker-Polito Administration to provide housing improvements, social services and other programs to residents. This year, the state gave out 33 grants totaling $26 million. Montague received $374,909 and Erving, the … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0

Erving’s administrator sets sail

Sunday, July 19, 2015

ERVING — Thomas Sharp moved from New York to western Massachusetts 15 years ago to be closer to family, but never imagined how many relationships would blossom from the transition. Just over a week ago, he retired from … 0

Weekly Town Meetings, July 20-25

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ashfield Board of Health: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Assessors: Wednesday 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Special town meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Hawlemont Regional School Committee: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Hawlemont. Colrain … 0

Erving cafe in Cook’s Country: Scones put baker on the map

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ERVING — Between making breakfast burritos and chatting with customers at the lunch counter, Rita Dubay pops a tray of mixed berry scones into the oven at the Freight House Antiques Cafe. “Are those the scones in Cook’s … 0